Rejecting the Terrorist Label


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Despite the Haqqani Network’s decade-long murderous assault on American-led troops and Afghan civilians, the Obama administration is refusing calls to designate the Taliban-allied and al-Qaeda linked insurgent group a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).

The most recent call to formally label the Pakistan-based Haqqani an FTO came from a bi-partisan coalition of leading lawmakers, whose ranks included Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Republican Representative Mike Rogers, chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

In a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, the lawmakers said the Haqqani Network — named after its leader, Jalaluddin Haqqani –is “continuing to launch sensational and indiscriminate attacks against US interests in Afghanistan,” and, therefore, had more than met the FTO threshold.

To be fair, however, the Haqqani Network had long ago exceeded the threshold for indiscriminate terrorist violence, barbarism that has escalated in intensity ever since the group fled Afghanistan to Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region following the Taliban’s ouster from power in 2001.

Since then, the Haqqani Network, with an estimated 15,000 fighters — many who gained experience fighting Soviet occupation troops in Afghanistan in the 1980s — has developed a well earned reputation as the most lethal and treacherous of the insurgent groups.

For starters, despite just being one of several insurgent factions that have been fighting American-led NATO and Afghan government forces, the Haqqani Network has been responsible for at least 90 percent of all attacks against Coalition forces in eastern Afghanistan.

Moreover, many of these attacks have come via suicide bombing, a tactic that the Haqqani is said to have introduced into the Afghanistan conflict.

A short list of these Haqqani suicide attacks on American-led NATO troops include a March 2009 truck bombing in Khowst Province, which killed three American soldiers; a May 2010 bus bombing that killed 5 American soldiers and a Canadian colonel; and an October 2011 car bombing that killed 13 American, British and Canadian soldiers.

In addition to targeting Coalition forces, the Haqqani has been equally adept at terrorizing both the Afghan populace and its government through focused campaigns of suicide bombings and assassinations.

Those campaigns of terror have been abetted by the Haqqani’s use of death squads, the largest of which is the Khurasan, responsible for at least 250 assassinations and public executions, including mass beheadings.

Unfortunately, the Haqqani’s ability to carry out these atrocities has come with the direct assistance of the Pakistani army’s intelligence wing, the Inter Services Intelligence directorate (ISI).

Aided by the ISI, the Haqqani, according to recent a Pentagon report, has been able to flourish in North Waziristan, using the mountainous territory to establish training camps and bases from which to launch raids into Afghanistan against Coalition forces by Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgents

In fact, in September 2011 after heavily-armed Haqqani fighters attacked both the US Embassy and the headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, then Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, was prompted to label the Haqqani “a veritable arm” of the ISI.

Not surprisingly then, the familial closeness between the Haqqani and the ISI has led Pakistan’s military to refuse repeated requests from American military commanders to launch major offensives in North Waziristan to root out the Haqqanis.

Yet, even though the State Department has acknowledged the Haqqani as being at the “forefront of insurgent activity in Afghanistan, responsible for many high-profile attacks,” it has steadfastly balked at requests to label the Haqqani Network an FTO.

Instead, the State Department has felt it sufficient enough to limit its activities to targeting individual Haqqani Network commanders as global terrorists,deferring any future decision against the entire terrorist organization to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Unfortunately, Clinton still remains undecided as to a course of action, despite having been engaged since November 2011 in what the State Department then called the “final formal review” of the Haqqani.

Clinton’s reluctance to render a judgment against the Haqqani has been attributed in part to concerns that listing the Haqqani as an FTO will furtherdamage American relations with Pakistan.

Those relations have been rapidly disintegrating since the May 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden by US Special Forces in Abottabad, Pakistan, where bin Laden had been reportedly living for years under the watchful protection of elements within the ISI.

While one American analyst asked, “Once you designate the Haqqani Network, how do you not designate Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism,”given the ISI’s continuous support of the Haqqani, that ship has already sailed.

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  • StephenD

    Reminds you of the FBI making deals with confessed killers to bring down a more note-worthy mobster.

    What does it matter these guys kill Americans when, if they are exposed we'd have to acknowledge Pakistan is a State sponsor and is actually "bad" to America?

    If Obama can exit the arena without stirring up more controversy, he will count it as success.

    In the meantime, just like La Cosa Nostra, This "thing of theirs" called Islam slowly and assuredly marches headfirst into the enlightenment of the 7th century.

  • TESSIETOM

    IT IS WRONG TO CALL THE TALIBAN TERRORISTS. I CALL THEM DEEPLY RELIGIOUS MOSLEMS. ONE OF THE MOST DEEPLY RELIGIOUS IS THE GENTLEMAN WHO CUT HIS WIFES NOSE AND EARS OFF. I AM SURE HE HAD THE BLESSINGS OF ALLAH AND HIS HOLY IMAM. IT IS AMAZING THAT THE RELIGION WHO PRAYS TO THE MERCIFUL GOD SHOWS NO MERCY. NEVER FORGET JIHAD IS A SACRAMENT JUST LIKE COMMUNION FOR CHRISTIANS. YOU LEAVE YOUR FAMILY WITHOUT PROTECTION TO STARVE WHILE YOU GO TO PARADISE AND COLLECT 72 VIRGINS WITH A COUPON. HOW THOUGHTFUL.
    WHEN WE STAND BEFORE GOD AND GABRIEL SAYS HE HAS NO BOOK OF GOOD DEEDS. WILL GOD SAY THAT'S OK. YOU ARE A GOOD MOSLEM. http://WWW.MEDIACRAPMATTERS.US

  • Linda Rivera

    Our government does NOT regard Muslim terrorists as the enemy!

    Google: Muslim terrorist training camps in America. There are many. They are ALLOWED by our government.

    Who does the government regard as the enemy?

    In 2009, Homeland Security declared the people to watch out for were veterans returning from the wars, pro-lifers and Tea Party attendees. In 2011, Homeland Security put out a video portraying white people as the most likely terrorists.

    Google: Concentration camps in America

    There are many. They are NOT intended for Muslim terrorists. People in Germany thought the murder of millions of innocents could never happen there. But it did.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Is this picture a Hussein family photo?……..Yes………………William

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Despite the Haqqani Network’s decade-long murderous assault on American-led troops and Afghan civilians, the Obama administration is refusing calls to designate the Taliban-allied and al-Qaeda linked insurgent group a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).

    Good! Because terrorism and jihad are two mutually exclusive and entirely different manifestations altogether.

    As a matter of fact, terrorism indiscriminately targets civilian non-combatants, is only perpetrated by political extremists for various political causes and is always perpetrated by non-Muslims. Whereas jihad, on the other hand, is holy fighting in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme and is a holy obligation incumbent upon every mainstream orthodox Muslim on earth.

    Thus, in stark contrast to terrorism, which indiscriminately targets civilian non-combatants, jihad specifically and only targets non-Muslim unbeliever non-combatants and combatants to make Islam supreme. As opposed to being for the purpose of various political causes, as is the case with terrorism, jihad, on the other hand, is waged and perpetrated by jihadists only in the cause of Allah to make Islam supreme and jihadists are never political extremists, but instead mainstream orthodox Muslims.

    In addition, jihad can be both violent and non-violent as opposed to terrorism, which as its name implies is always only violent. Nevertheless, for the most part jihad is overwhelmingly non-violent, covert, and deceptive. In fact, mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of mass Muslim infiltration and stealth demographic conquest is today the most prevalent form of covert and deceptive non-violent jihad taking place throughout the world today and unfortunately it takes place totally unopposed and uncontested.

    Indeed, the very same people that insist upon mislabeling jihad as being terrorism are the very same people that don't have the first clue about Islam. In fact, the reason that mass Muslim immigration to the West, which is really covert and deceptive non-violent jihad for the purpose of mass Muslim infiltration and stealth demographic conquest, takes place today totally unopposed and uncontested throughout the West is because these very same people that insist upon mislabeling what is really violent jihad as being terrorism, while at the same time ignoring the prevalence of covert and deceptive non-violent jihad that is employed by the Islamic world against the West astronomically far more prevalently, don't have the first clue about Islam.

  • Matt

    Pakistan will retake Afghanistan, there is a secret operation yet to be deployed by the ISI. The Talib will be back in control of Kabul. The ISI are always up to things, like the forced quantitative easying of Indian via fake currency, causing stampedes and moving the nuclear warheads in civilians vehicles and storing them in ISI safe houses. And they have a plan to retake Afghanistan.